• Abberior Instruments and Super Resolution Microscopy at Lastek
    Abberior Instruments and Super Resolution Microscopy at Lastek

    Abberior Instruments has partnered with Lastek in Australia and New Zealand to offer the most complete experience for super resolution microscopy. Read more here.

  • Raptor Photonics OWL 640 SWIR camera
    Raptor Photonics OWL 640 SWIR camera

    Raptor Photonics OWL 640 is the best performing SWIR camera in the world. Demonstration system now available. Please enquire for details. Read more.

  • Toptica: DL pro with Digital Laser Controller DLC pro
    Toptica: DL pro with Digital Laser Controller DLC pro

    The new digital laser controller for TOPTICA’s tunable diode laser DL pro sets new benchmarks with regards to low noise and low drift levels.

    Demonstration system now available. Please enquire for details.

  • High Finesse Laser Spectrum Analyzer Spectrometer for Broadband Sources
    High Finesse Laser Spectrum Analyzer Spectrometer for Broadband Sources

    Analyses multi-line or broadband spectra of cw and pulsed lasers, gas discharge lamps, and more.  Lastek currently have a demonstration system available for evaluation. Read more...

  • Alio Industries: True Nano™ Precision Motion Systems
    Alio Industries: True Nano™ Precision Motion Systems

    ALIO Designs and Manufacturers Proprietary Robotic Devices and Tools that Enable Precise Nano-Scale Movements for Manufacturing and Research & Development


Abberior Instruments STEDYCON: Now with DynamicPLUS Imaging

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Abberior Instruments is known for extraordinary customization ability of its flexible STED microscope platform. We have developed the ultimate compact STED and confocal microscope, called STEDYCON.

STEDYCON is a completely new class of nanoscope. It converts your conventional epifluorescence microscope into a versatile four-color confocal (405nm, 488nm, 561nm, 640nm) and STED (775nm) system! At the same time, it is incredibly compact and can be used by anyone!

DynamicPLUS: Superior sensitivity and full dynamic range within the same image

Our new DynamicPLUS feature offers unrivaled performance with both STED and classical confocal applications. With DynamicPLUS, you can be sure to capture everything from the faintest details to the brightest spots.

The underlying avalanche photo detectors (APDs) have a superior quantum efficiency, up to a factor of two above even hybrid detectors. This means that even when signal-levels are low, our APDs still collect plenty of photons for a meaningful image. Typical applications are super-resolution STED imaging and experiments with low labeling densities designed to stay close to physiological conditions.

At the same time, the dead-time compensation of DynamicPLUS allows crisp images of high-signal samples, such as bright confocal images. Of course, raw data for quantitative analysis and deconvolution is always available.

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SIOS Messtechnik GmbH: Calibration Laser Interferometer

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Calibration laser interferometer SP 15000 C5 with reflector unit and straightness mirror

  • Synchronous, continuous
    5 DOF-measurement of length, pitch and yaw angle as well as straightness
  • Horizontal and vertical components of axis straightness are measured by a rotatable optics.
  • Calibration software according to currently applicable standards
  • Easy handling and adjustment by integrated beam direction detection
  • Beam deflection with an optional adjustable deflection mirror

The SIOS Messtechnik system SP 15000C5 is a multiple beam interferometer which can measure the length, two angles and the straightness simultaneously. Due to the large length measurement range the device is suitable for calibrating from small to very large machine tools and coordinate measurement machines.

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BaySpec Breeze: World's Smallest Palm-sized Spectrometer


BaySpec's Breeze is the world’s smartest palm-size spectrometer for 400-1700nm with a simple one-button operation. Featuring proprietary miniaturized optics, BreezeTM is highly efficient for maximum sensitivity with ultra-fast acquisition.

  • Covers wavelength ranges from 400-1700nm
  • Equipped with internal broadband light source
  • Bluetooth connectivity compatible with IOS and Android
  • Comes equipped with an internal battery, allowing for up to 2 hour of continuous use
  • Easy to use contact measurement implementation
  • Comes with LightSpec smartphone application for user interface

BaySpecBaySpec introduces Breeze, the world’s smartest palm-size spectrometer for 400-1700nm with a simple one-button operation. Featuring proprietary miniaturized optics, BreezeTM is highly efficient for maximum sensitivity with ultra-fast acquisition. For the first time, a smart device delivers laboratory performance in a handheld form.

This smart device allows for wireless communication to any smartphone via a Bluetooth interface. The phone app allows users to setup their own databases for sample analysis. With available data library, this palm device can perform quantitative and qualitative analysis at anytime and anywhere for plastics, illicit drugs, pharmaceuticals, explosives, biological warfare agents, medicine, food, and other materials. With the corresponding molecular signatures are by the miniaturized device, data can be wirelessly transferred to a smartphone via Bluetooth interface. The software can be downloaded to the smartphone for full control of the wearable device; compatible with both IOS and Android.

PARSTAT MC Multichannel Potentiostat: the most modular and robust multi-channel electrochemical testing platform on the market

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The Princeton Applied ResearchPARSTAT® MC (PMC)® MC (PMC) is the most modular and robust multi-channel electrochemical testing platform on the market.
The PMC chassis provides a robust environment up to 10 modules, up to 20 channels.  

Channels can operate simultaneously for high-throughput routine testing, asynchronously for different experiments on distinct cells or in a complex matrix of multiple electrodes in a single test environment. Additional channels can be added on-site by the user, even while other channels are in operation. Every functional block within the chassis is designed to be user-replaceable minimizing the impact of any interruptions in your experiment.

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Laser-fried bacon strips: when worlds collide

From Gentec-EO: Bacon-loving physicists and engineers rejoice! The powers that be have heard our plea: laser-fried bacon strips are now a thing. What a time to be alive, to cite a Canadian rapper.

Laser cooking, for lack of a better name at this time, is a novel dry-heating method pioneered in Japan by Kentaro Fukuchi at Meiji University, along with his associate Kazuhiro Jo from Kyushu University.

Their approach is actually the subject of a paper, so their methodology and observations are documented in a way that corresponds with the scientific method. It goes without saying that the food is grabbing our attention here, but as a company operating in the domain of laser applications, we couldn’t help but notice some details about the laser setup and process as a whole in use in these videos.  

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SIOS Messtechnik GmbH: SP-NG Series Laser Interferometer

SIOS Laser Interferometer

  • Flexible, ultra-precise length measuring system
  • Modern industrial design, protection against splash water
  • Single-beam measuring principle minimizes Abbe errors.
  • Plane mirrors and tilt-invariant reflectors are possible.
  • Compact system for on-site use possible

The laser interferometers of the SIOS Messtechnik GmbH SP-NG series are precision length measuring instruments with a wide range of applications in research and industry. They can be adapted to specific tasks and are characterized by easy handling and beam adjustment. The compact design enables them to be used even in confined spaces. In addition to small ball reflectors with screw and magnet attachments also plane mirrors, other tilt-invariant reflectors and surfaces with optical quality are used. The long-range laser interferometer SP 15000 NG is available in different versions for measuring ranges up to 40 m, 60 m and 80 m. By further additional components such as a 90° beam deflection in four spatial directions or a highly stable beam direction alignment for very compact designs expands the range of applications of laser interferometers. Depending on the application, powerful software solutions for measurement and calibration are available. 

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New from Ocean Optics: Ocean MZ5 ATR-MIR Spectrometer Rapid, Accurate Mid-Infrared Analysis

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The Ocean Optics Ocean MZ5 is a miniature ATR spectrometer with measurement capabilities from 1818-909 cm-1  (5.5-11 µm). This fully self-contained instrument — including sample interface, light sources and detector — provides a compact, fast and scalable alternative to traditional FTIR spectroscopy. Applications include chemical discrimination, food and flavorings analysis, environmental testing and scientific research.

Ocean MZ5 is ready to go out of the box and does not require any external equipment such as light sources or fibers. Ocean Mirror, the software that comes with the system, is designed for measuring absorbance and transmittance of liquids placed on the instrument’s crystal surface.

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Lasers in the News


The Ant Nebula (Menzel 3) as seen by Hubble. Astronomers have detected hydrogen laser emission from this object – the first time lasers or masers have been convincingly seen in a planetary nebula. Credit: NASA/Hubble

Planetary Nebula Lasers

Laser bags a giant nucleus

New laser makes silicon sing

Laser bursts generate electricity faster than any other method

Modern laser science brightened by 2,300 year old technology

The Soviet laser space pistol, revealed

Russian space agency plans to incinerate space junk with powerful laser beam

Introducing New Scale Technologies: Squiggle micro motors and other compact motion control solutions


Introducing New Scale Technologies, now represented in Australian and New Zealand by Lastek. New Scale helps customers transform their large, expensive, complicated-to-use systems into small, affordable, easy-to-use instruments and devices.

New Scale Technologies develops and manufactures the smallest and most precise closed-loop positioning solutions available. Our M3 micro-stages and actuators are all-in-one “smart modules” with built-in controllers: easy to integrate into handheld and portable instruments. We enable smaller, smarter imaging systems, scientific instruments, medical devices, aerospace and defense systems and more. Our customers achieve the fastest time to market with the lowest total cost.

Our customers use our tiny motion modules to adjust micro optics or mechanical components within their handheld, portable and mobile systems. The modules have micrometer precision, work on battery power, perform at any orientation and resist shock, vibration and temperature extremes. With all controls built in, they are the smallest, easiest-to-integrate solution for product designers creating miniaturized systems for a range of markets.

The heart of New Scale’s M3 smart module platform is the SQUIGGLE motor, a revolutionary piezo micro motor with incredibly small size and big performance.

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The SQUIGGLE motor: The world’s smallest linear motor drives microstages, focus modules and more.

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Laser Quantum New video: How to set up your finesse laser

The next instalment of Laser Quantum's “how to” video series has arrived, demonstrating the set-up and operation of a finesse laser. Please note that this video is for demonstration purposes only; when setting up any finesse laser you must ensure that the head is actively cooled and attached to a heat-sink, in addition to any other laser safety requirements.

The finesse is a high specification laser delivering up to 16 W at 532 nm. A compact and effective laser, it requires minimal cooling due to its high efficiency, and is ideal for Ti:Sapphire pumping, optical tweezing and Particle Image Velocimetry.

Watch the newest video above, and see the other videos in the series here.

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